International Trade Forum

Magazine available in three languages focuses on trade development for developing and transition economics. It analyzes trends, opportunities, provides views from trade development experts and reports on International Trade Forum events and services.

Articles from No. 4, October

A Profile of Women Entrepreneurs in Uganda
Ugandan women form the majority of the country's business people, in farming and small to medium-sized firms. Supportive national and local policies, and targeted international assistance, could help Ugandan women entrepreneurs increase exports and...
Boosting Services Exports in Nigeria: Strategies to Assist Women Entrepreneurs
1. Publicize successes and innovations of women-owned service firms Too few Nigerian women get national or international recognition. We recommend the creation of an umbrella organization for the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that deal with...
Building Skills for Woman Service Exporters: Most Women-Owned Firms Are in the Services Sector. Business Training Can Build the Expertise and Confidence Necessary for These Firms to Export Their Services Efficiently
While businesswoman have the potential to supply services across borders, many businesses owned by women in developing countries are not exporting. Often, they do not take advantage of the opportunities open to them because they lack confidence or...
Business Reacts to Cancun: Those Who Celebrated the Failure of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun Were Not from the Business Community. Business People Reacted to the News with Deep Concern
Exporters in developing and developed countries expected the conference to provide guidance to negotiators on bridging the gaps between member countries in several key issues. Before Cancun, business was concerned about market access and other trade...
Canada Releases Report on Women Entrepreneurs
In late October 2003, Canada released the report of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs. The task force was chaired by Sarmite Bulte, a member of Canada's parliament and former president of the Canadian Association of Women Entrepreneurs....
Helping Women Export Services
Outsourcing business support services, coupled with e-trade possibilities, offers increased opportunities for women in developing and transition economies to export services. Women are generally known as owners of small retail operations or active...
In India, Integrating the Informal Sector into the Global Economy
Access to global markets is critical to the economic security of many of the world's poor working in the informal sector. According to SEWA, in India, this sector includes home-based workers, vendors, manual labourers and service providers; it accounts...
In Nepal, Ten Countries Review E-Business Potential: What Can Countries Do to Ensure That They Are Ready to Help Small Firms Participate in E-Business?
This was the issue discussed at a two-day workshop attended by ten countries from the Asia-Pacific region and organized by the Government of Nepal and ITC in November 2003. The meeting was one of a number of events, supported by ITC, to bring the voice...
In South Africa, Crafts Revival Boosts Exports
Interview with Tembeka Nkamba-Van Wyk, Talking Beads Academy A South African businesswoman spotted an opportunity when she noticed that local craft traditions were disappearing, while tourists were seeking locally-made handicrafts. In capitalizing...
International Trade Bulletins
ITC produces a variety of international trade bulletins which complement ITC's books and technical papers. To subscribe, contact the relevant sections of ITC listed below. * Market News Service. Price and market information for seven primary and/or...
ITC at the World Summit on the Information Society: Report of J. Denis Belisle, ITC's Executive Director, at the Multistakeholder Plenary Session of the World Summit on the Information Society, Held in Geneva in December 2003
The International Trade Centre is proud to report on "The Changing Marketplace: Putting 'E' to Work" and looks forward to contributing further to the Summit process as we move together into the second phase (Tunis, November 2005). I am here to voice...
Nepalese Businesswoman Assists New Exporters
Interview with Sulo Shrestha-Shah, Lotus Holdings A successful businesswoman boosts business exports in Nepal by starting an investment company built on the principle of corporate social responsibility. ********** Lotus Holdings is an investment...
New Awards to Recognize Excellence in Trade Promotion
The first World TPO Awards--newly established international awards to recognize excellence in national trade promotion--will be presented at the 5th World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations in Malta on 1-2 October 2004. National trade promotion...
Reaching out to Garment Manufacturers
Textiles and Clothing: What Happens After 2005? This article in Forum's trade talks issue (2/2003) interested many readers. With quotas ending in 2005, many producers--and even countries--risk disappearing as garment suppliers in an oversupplied market....
Supporting Development through Trade
Since 1964, the International Trade Centre (ITC) has been helping the business sectors of developing and transition economies to realize their full potential to develop exports. Through export growth, our ultimate goal is to assist these countries...
Women Exporters Make the Case: Through Exports, Businesswomen in Developing Countries Are Creating a Better Future for Themselves, Their Employees and Their Communities
Who are the women in international business today, what challenges do businesswomen face in many of the world's lesser developed nations, and how do they rise to those challenges? The business cases in the pages that follow provide snapshots ... and...
Women in the Global Economy
It's a charged topic: many Forum readers will come to it with a firm opinion, based on their own life experiences. Some of us believe that no differences exist between men and women in international business, some champion 'empowerment' at every opportunity,...
Women's Business Association Encourages Exporters in Cameroon
Interview with Gisele Yitamben, ASAFE In Cameroon, ASAFE, a national organization of women entrepreneurs, is helping businesswomen to overcome economic and social vulnerability by providing business training, establishing contacts with other networks...